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Ombudsman: sad to see women remain unprotected in certain fields in 21st century

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUThere are still certain legislative areas in which women are discriminated, says ombudsman Juris Jansons. As a member of European Network of Legal Protection Institutions, the ombudsman reminded in the context of the International Women’s Day of the study performed in previous periods in regards to discrimination of women in different jobs.

«It is sad to see that in the 21st century there are still areas in which women’s rights remain unprotected. This proves that women’s standing in society remains threatened. Women should not be discriminated. There should be gender equality. I stand with gender equality and I invite society to do the same!» said Jansons.

In 2012/2013, the ombudsman had interviewed employers and mothers about compliance with the discrimination prohibition principle in job relations. Judging by answers from different respondents, jobs were not kept open for mothers upon their return from maternity leave – 8% of respondents said they were demoted, 4% said they received terminated of employment contracts, another 4% were forced to agree to termination of job relations, and 3% – were forced to sign termination of job relations ‘by their own free will’. 9% of respondents also mentioned that their wages were reduced upon their return from maternity leave. It was concluded in the study that 43% of mothers with small children have experienced unjust (discriminating) treatment because of their family situation or children.

Results of a study performed at the end of 2016 shows that 28% and 13.9% of respondents mentioned experiencing discriminating treatment because of their family situation. In majority of cases respondents did not try to protect their rights when faced with discrimination based on the state of their family. 99 respondents resolved conflicts with employers through talks. Nine respondents turned to trade unions, three turned to the State Labour Inspectorate, and one turned to court to resolve conflicts with employers.

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